Our world is an interconnected system straining under the burden of its own complexity.
We see numerous factors combining to make the global environment more unpredictable and difficult to navigate.
In global governance, we see the post-war balance between nation states and the institutional framework that worked to manage it disintegrating. In its place, we see the emergence of new geo-economic competition, new regionalism and new actors.
Meanwhile, technological change is disrupting our economies and changing the nature of our globalized world in ways that are both unpredictable and complex. We will witness more technological change over the next decade than we have seen in the past 50 years.
Advances in all the sciences – from robotics and genetics to communications and the social sciences – will leave no aspect of global society untouched.
Around the world, a young generation is demanding to be heard. Young people increasingly see decisions being made at the expense of their future.
Each of these factors and many others require a new kind of institution – one with the adaptability, the entrepreneurialism and the trust of all stakeholders – that can bring together people who have the power to make change, to achieve mutual understanding and empathy, to come to common agreement and, where appropriate, push action forward.
As an international organization with no commercial interest, the Forum provides a platform for leaders from all stakeholder groups from around the world – business, government and civil society – to come together.